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  • #21267
    SimplyShe
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    I have had a request for floating soap. Has anyone experimented with this before? I understand it, we live on an Island ๐Ÿ™‚ People want soap they feel comfortable using in the lake without harmful substances and they want it to float so they don’t lose it on the lake bottom. Can anyone help me out?

    #21270
    SimplyShe
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    http://soapandrestless.blogspot.ca/2013/04/how-to-make-whipped-soap.html has an idea but I am a newbie soaper ๐Ÿ™‚ I might try it and see what I get.

    #21322
    Cynnara
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    Most floating soap, is whipped soap, if I remember. Think Ivory. The whole floating thing. Soaping 101 has a video on it.

    #21324
    SimplyShe
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    but Maries whipped soap is made with both lyes if I remember correctly and it never turns into a hard bar. I think I need a hard bar, like Ivory ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to wait for a soap mold to be built again so I can try it.

    #21326
    BelindaSK
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    I remember seeing a video, I think Twin posted the link somewhere on here, where the woman whipped her soap batter in a stand mixer and then molded it in a regular loaf mold. I thought she said it would float. I know I’ve seen a recipe for it somewhere but I look at so many different things so often that I don’t always remember where I’ve seen stuff unless I write it down. And yes, I don’t always write it down and lie to myself that I’ll remember……I should know better by now! The whipped soap you’re wanting is different than Marie’s whipped soap, which ends up more like a whipped cream. That type of soap is made with stearic acid, if memory serves me correctly. The whipped soap you want is a hard bar but the batter is whipped before molded to get air into it so it will float, like an Ivory soap bar.

    #21331
    Marie
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    Hmmm… I’m wondering… if you just let soap batter get to a suuuuuuper thick trace and then whipped it… hmmm.

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    #21333
    SimplyShe
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    YES! Marie, that is what I am going to try! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think all my giftees will love it ๐Ÿ™‚ I should be able to use one of your soap formulas and try it. Going for the hardware today to get the mold made ๐Ÿ™‚

    #21347
    BelindaSK
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    I don’t think the woman in the video that Cyn posted even got her soap to trace before whipping it in the stand mixer. Which, to be honest, scared me a bit just watching! Um, lye solution and hot oils and a stand mixer twirling away….that is a recipe for disaster for Belinda! I like Marie’s idea better!! Except maybe not super thick trace. I could see some seizing happening….OH, here’s an idea! It’s one of Barb’s ideas actually. Hold back some of the oils in your soap recipe, mix the rest with the lye solution, bring to a thick trace, plop in stand mixer, and slowly mix in the rest of the oils so the batter gets somewhat fluid again for mixing in colors, if you like. Then mold. Ta-da! Whipped soap batter! Will it work?? Who knows?? But now I want to try this!!

    #21350
    Cynnara
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    Lmao. She adds it slowly, mixing it on low. Immersion blenders have no low. They have fast and faster. 😁

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